Vision Rehabilitation for Post-Concussive Syndrome

Participating in sports as a child or adult can be a very rewarding, character-building experience.  But a single blow to the head, even if it is minor, can result in a concussion.

What Is A Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs after a sudden bump, jolt or blow to the head.  This movement can cause the brain to bounce around and push against the inside of the skull and get bruised.  Signs of a concussion may occur right away, but sometimes are not noticed until weeks later, and can include headache, nausea, difficulty reading, double vision, fatigue, confusion or memory problems.

Vision Impairment After A Concussion

Some of the most common complaints of patients after experiencing a concussion due to post-concussive vision syndrome are constant headaches and difficulty with reading.  Some other visual symptoms might include:

  • Difficulty coordinating the eyes with the body
  • Double vision
  • Trouble focusing
  • Loss of vision from part of the visual field
  • Inability to use both eyes together, especially when reading or working on a computer

When any of these vision symptoms are present, the ability to function properly or perform daily tasks can be compromised.  Posture and balance can be affected, and activities such as walking, running, reading, playing sports or driving may become difficult or impossible.

Treatment With Vision Rehabilitation

A concussion is an injury that should be taken seriously and the most effective treatment for post-concussion vision syndrome involves input from all doctors involved in the patient’s care, such as their neuro-developmental optometrist, medical doctor, neurologist or psychologist.

Dr. Martin at Family Vision Development Center will complete a thorough assessment, and with input from other appropriate doctors, will develop an individualized rehabilitation treatment program consisting of a series of therapeutic visual exercises designed to restore visual functions.  Visit our office at 452 N. Eola Rd in Aurora, IL or call us at 630-862-2020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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